Remembering the Yazoo City murder victim, Deangelo Brown

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) More information is being released about the young man gunned down in Yazoo City.

The Jackson State University graduate had a love of music and continued to share that even after he left the campus.

A current student shares the special connection they had with Deangelo Brown.

Sometimes in life, we’ll miss a beat and today the campus of Jackson State is missing one right now.

“I didn’t think he was the one they were talking about.”

Deangelo Brown was found shot to death in a movie theater parking lot in Yazoo City Saturday morning.

Brown was a graduate of Jackson State and a trumpet player of the Sonic Boom.

Before his death, he was working as a recruiter for the university.

Word of Brown’s murder was a shock to the JSU Music Department’s Interim Chair Dr. David Akombo.

“He was just a wonderful young man who was just beginning to explore his possibilities, very open-minded and very gifted and just a people’s person,” Dr. Akombo said.

Band leaders tell me Brown was a big part of recruiting 300 Sonic Boom members.

One of them was Deariana Mitchell.

She says she had just called Brown Friday night.

The two shared a birthday and both celebrated on Saturday but that happiness was later shattered.

“It was like my body went numb. I didn’t know what to do. I Facetimed him, Facetimed him. He didn’t answer, I called, texted,” Mitchell said.

When she tried reaching him again…

“And he was just saying that we were going to have wings for our birthday. And….it didn’t happen,” Mitchell said.

“It’s hurtful knowing that if I have a problem, I can’t call him and him tell me it’s going to be okay, keep pushing through, you’re about to graduate,” Mitchell said.

But just like any great song, folks here know sometimes it has to come to an end.

Yazoo City Police says they are working leads to find Brown’s killer.

The music department says they are working on ways to celebrate Brown’s life.

WJTV will get that information to you when it becomes available.

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